Torero Tidbits: Govea Does ICCAP Fellowship; Micro-Internships; Sports Banquet; Nonprofit Academy

Vicenta Martinez Govea, front, far right, completed the AICCU’s Independent California Colleges Advocate Program.USD's Vicenta Martinez Govea '21, front, far right, just completed a six-month fellowship experience with the AICCU’s inaugural Independent California Colleges Advocate Program.

University of San Diego student Vicenta Martinez Govea ’21 was one of nine college students earn a certificate of completion Thursday morning for participating in the inaugural cohort of AICCU’s Independent California Colleges Advocate Program.

The ICCAP’s six-month competitive program develops leadership, communication and advocacy skills and deepens knowledge of how policymaking affects education. Govea was amongst a diverse group of students from Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) member institutions, of which USD is one. ICCAP is the unified voice for the 360,000 students across 85 independent colleges and universities.

The program trains students to effectively advocate in public spheres and amplifies the student voice to broaden policymakers’ understanding of the sector and its contributions to California.

Govea, a first-generation student, is a double major in architecture and Ethnic Studies and is involved in USD’s McNair Scholars program. She was joined in the cohort with Amara Bryson (USC), Jesus Gomez (Fresno Pacific University), Zenaida Huerta (Claremont McKenna College), Leslie Madrigal (Cal Lutheran University), Leslie Sepulveda Ochoa (Loyola Marymount University), Carolina Reyes (University of La Verne) and Darincka Vargas (Azusa Pacific University).

In late January when Govea and the rest of the cohort had started their training and orientation with AICCU staff, her excitement was palpable.

In early February, Govea was one of three USD students — School of Business majors Anthony Romero and JP Correa were the others — to participate in the AICCU’s annual Student Lobbying Day in Sacramento. Govea was asked how things were going in the program.

“Training went well! It was a good experience. I learned so much about policy making and the work that AICCU does at the capitol. I enjoyed meeting other students with a similar background as mine and learning about their work in politics as well. I’m excited to continue my work as an ICCAP fellow with social media campaigns, advocacy and lobbying events they’ve planned.”

On Thursday, Govea completed the fellowship and has added more professional experience to her skillset going forward.

Career Development Center: Paid Micro-Internship Opportunities Available

A partnership with Parker Dewey is providing the USD Career Development Center and USD students the opportunity to learn about and take part in short-term, professional and paid work experiences through micro-internships.

Parker Dewey provides listings for short opportunities, between five and 40 hours of work that can be fully done remotely. These opportunities are available for all USD students and alumni.

Learn more about micro-internships on the Career Development Center website.

Also, don’t forget about other virtual services available through the website such as Career Counselor appointments, future events (virtual) and learn how to accumulate points toward your Passport (Business), Compass (College of Arts and Sciences) or Connect (Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering) programs that are required to graduate from USD.

USD Athletics’ 42nd Annual Sports Banquet: June 11 Live on YouTube

USD Athletics has come together in innovative and inspiring ways to support and empower its scholar-athletes over the last few months, and now it is taking another step. It will host the 42nd Annual Sports Banquet live on YouTube on Thursday, June 11 at 6 p.m.
The annual Sports Banquet serves as the largest fundraiser for USD Athletics and all proceeds benefit the Torero Scholar-Athlete Fund. Its purpose is to not only gather and celebrate the year that was in 2019-2020, but to raise money to provide an extraordinary scholar-athlete experience and remain true to supporting and developing the personal, educational, physical, mental and spiritual well-being for each of the 400-plus Torero scholar-athletes. The impact of each gift received advances its mission to Winning in the Classroom, Winning on the Playing Field and Winning in the Community.

This year's event will be an hour-long show on the USD Toreros YouTube page featuring an update from Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis, check-ins with scholar-athletes, interviews with USD coaches, and the popular draw down game with a grand prize of $10,000.

The show will be hosted by the Voice of the Toreros, Jack Cronin, former NFL player and current academic coordinator for USD Athletics Greg Camarillo, and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development Marcy Lanoue.

In addition to support throughout the evening, Torero nation is encouraged to participate in the draw down game. Each person who enters has a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize and there are two different ways to take part:

• Gold Club — $1,500, which includes three draw down tickets, the opportunity to be entered into an exclusive prize drawing and a custom sideline USD baseball cap.

• Draw down single ticket — $250.

The grand prize is guaranteed to be at least $5,000 cash. If the minimum number of tickets are sold, the grand prize becomes $10,000 cash.

Purchase a draw down ticket and support USD Athletics. The Torero Scholar-Athlete Fund is the main fundraising arm for USD Athletics and is directly supported by the annual Sports Banquet. Dollars raised through the fund contribute towards the overall educational experience offered to each of our 400-plus scholar-athletes including, but not limited to, academic support, facilities, travel and recruiting budgets, and scholar-athlete welfare.

City of San Diego Nonprofit Academy: “Leading a Nonprofit Through Uncertain Times”

The eighth semi-annual City of San Diego Nonprofit Academy, a free one-day comprehensive virtual program, will be presented Wednesday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by USD’s Nonprofit Institute and sponsored by the City of San Diego.

This event has been redesigned to educate and support local nonprofit leaders in ways to maximize their operational efficiency, better compete for grant funding, and explore leadership in these uncertain times caused by COVID-19.

The event will utilize a new digital platform to host the Academy that provides a unique way to engage with the educational material. All workshops and plenaries are led by nonprofit management practitioners and experts. All classes will be done virtually. All registrants will receive instructions on how to access The Virtual Nonprofit Academy before the event. In addition, we are using our conference app, which can be found on SOCIO! This app contains the agenda, session descriptions, bios, materials, and links to the live sessions.

For more information and/or to register for the event, please view the Eventbrite page.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Group Photo of ICCAP Fellows courtesy of the AICCU


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